Handbill for the 'Society for Preventing Los of Life by Fire', c 1820.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Letterpres and lithograph showing a fire engine and firefighters using rescue equipment. The extending apparatus is made from oak 'in the manner of a telescope', and could be raised to a height of 38 feet (11.58 metres). The apparatus could be inclined by means of a rack and pinion.